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Sister [Paperback]

Rosamund Lupton
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2 Sep 2010

Nothing can break the bond between sisters ...

When Beatrice gets a frantic call in the middle of Sunday lunch to say that her younger sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home to London. But as she learns about the circumstances surrounding her sister's disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life - and unprepared for the terrifying truths she must now face.

The police, Beatrice's fiance and even their mother accept they have lost Tess but Beatrice refuses to give up on her. So she embarks on a dangerous journey to discover the truth, no matter the cost.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749942010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749942014
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.3 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (644 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosamund Lupton was a screenwriter for many years before writing her first novel - 'Sister' . It was the winner of Richard & Judy's bookclub 2010 and broadcast on Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. It was one of Amazon's fiction top ten picks for 2010 and the fastest selling debut in the history of WH Smith. It was published in the USA on 7th June and was picked by the New York Times review of books as well as receiving critical acclaim in a wide variety of other national media. Her second novel 'Afterwards' was published on 9th June in the UK and in its first week of sales went into the Sunday Times best seller list and has had widespread critical acclaim.
She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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Voted the number one choice in Richard and Judy's Book Club 2010
Chosen for Radio 4 Book at Bedtime
'Truly marvellous! As compelling as it is stylish, SISTER exists in that rare place where crime fiction and literature coincide' Jeffrey Deaver
'Nicci French via Ford Madox Ford, anyone? Lupton's debut is an exceptionally confident domestic gothic also packs a devastating punch' Guardian
'With SISTER, Lupton enters the highly charged ring where the best psychological detective writers spar, her hands raised in a victory clench. Like Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell, Lupton builds suspense not only around the causes and details of her story's brutal denouement, but also around the personalities . . . Both tear-jerking and spine-tingling, SISTER provides an adrenaline rush that could cause a chill on the sunniest afternoon' New York Times
Original, spooky and clever, this thriller is utterly compelling' Closer
'Stunningly accomplished from first page to last, this is the most exciting debut thriller I've read all year. The suspense crackles, and the twists come thick and fast, but more than that it has a touching poignancy that brings tears to your eyes . . .Written with the power and panache of a young Daphne du Maurier, it s devastatingly good, and announces the arrival if a truly original talent' Daily Mail
'This sophisticated psychological thriller is brilliantly written and utterly gripping' You Magazine, Mail Online
'Lupton's crisp insights into grief and familial guilt are married to a confidently executed plot. Free from the genre s more mawkish excesses, Lupton's persuasive narrative voice is what keeps this classy debut on track' Independent
'Beautifully written -- you believe every word' Judy Finnegan, Woman's Own
'Tense, gripping and a total page-turner' Richard Madeley, Woman's Own
'A chilling, gripping, tragic, heart-warming, life-affirming enigma of a story' Booklist
'This superb debut novel has so many twists and turns as to cause dizziness -- it's the literary equivalent of 'scream if you want to go faster' -- and just when you think things are slowing down to a peaceful, settled resolution, there's one more stomach-churning final turn in store' Radio Times
'A heart-tugging, tense mystery . . . It is very good' Bookseller
'Lupton's classy debut is a welcome and exciting addition to the genre' The Lady
'Fast-paced and absurdly entertaining . . . Along with a juicy mystery, it resounds with an authentic sense of sisterly love and loyalty' Boston Globe
'A psychological murder mystery written with literary flair . . . Be prepared for page-turning' Vanity --Red

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What would you do if your sister disappeared without a trace? This is an emotionally fraught and at some times terrifying story about two sisters and the strength that binds them.

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162 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 21 Feb 2011
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This book belongs to one of my favourite genres (psychological thriller with a twist) and so, because I read so many, I am particularly fussy. Well, I could not have been more pleased with it. It has absolutely captured me from the very first line to the very last one. An engaging read written in letter form, from a sister to another.

Beatrice lives in New York with her fiancé. Her mother rings her up one day delivering shattering news: her younger sister Tess has vanished. The ties between sisters are very strong despite the geographical distance and of course Beatrice hops on the first plane out to London. The circumstances of Tess' disappearance are multi-layered with obscure details and Beatrice is determined to find Tess no matter what. Little does she know, boarding that plane, of the journey she will have to face, uncovering some horrible, painful and frightening facts that will forever change everybody's life.

This book deserves a high praise because it is not only engaging, it has a certain psychological depth that is seldom felt on fast-paced reads, no matter how entertaining. The vocabulary is stylish and cultured and it perfectly conveys emotions and feelings, entwined with the chilly, suspenseful atmosphere that permeates the story. It also defines the deep, deep love between the two sisters. Piercingly touching.

Thumbs up for debut writer Rosamund Lupton!
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220 of 237 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Wonderful Debut Novel 10 Sep 2010
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This book is one of the best detective stories I have ever read. It is a story about an older sister trying to find out what happened to her younger sister whilst reflecting on how much we ever really know someone.

The pace is fast, it is a cliche but this book deserves the accolade a real page-turner. On her quest to find the truth Beatrice finds herself retracing Tess's steps meeting and suspecting everyone Tess has been in contact with.

The best thing about this book was that it kept you turning right to the very last page.

I would recommend this book to everyone, simply fantastic and I hope Rosumund Lupton has more to show us.
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172 of 188 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant thriller debut 2 Sep 2010
Taught plotting, moving story and wonderful characterisation. SISTER is a nuanced and gripping read. As Beatrice takes the first flight home from New York upon learning of her sister's disappearance we follow her down the rabbit hole of her sister's life. As Beatrice starts to pull together the strands of Tess's life she becomes mired in the same danger and could well face the same consequences. What is most powerful about this story is the writer's understanding of what we will do for love and what extremes we will go to to protect and avenge those closest to us. For anyone with a sister, brother, parent or child.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sister 29 Jun 2011
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
After receiving a phone call to say her sister Tess is missing Beatrice immediately drops everything and flies back to England to search for her. The sisters have always been close but as Beatrice starts to investigate Tess's life she realises that she may not have known as much about Tess as she thought she did.

Sister is a fantastic debut novel and one that has me very excited to see what Rosamund Lupton comes up with next. I don't want to go into the plot in too much detail because I would hate to give spoilers, the story is one that needs to be savored and I want others to enjoy peeling back the layers to uncover the mystery for themselves. I have already read over 100 books this year but Sister blew my mind and was by far my favourite read out of all of them. I was gripped from practically the first page and resented the fact that I had to put it down even for a few minutes.

The story is told from Beatrice's point of view in the format of a letter to her missing sister and we gradually find out more about both of them and Beatrice's search for the truth about what happened to Tess. Beatrice isn't the most sympathetic character at the beginning, I felt her fear and grief for her sister but didn't particularly like her. She is quite uptight and definitely snobbish, looking down on her sister and her friends because they don't live up to her high expectations. In a lot of ways Beatrice and Tess are complete opposites but they always loved each other and were very close. As the story progresses and Beatrice spends more time following Tess's footsteps you start to see a real change come over her and she becomes much more likable.

Rosamund Lupton managed to pull me completely into the story so I felt every emotion Beatrice goes through as if it was my own.
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93 of 106 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nearly four stars 8 Nov 2010
Like many other reviewers, I really enjoyed the first two thirds of this novel. It was exciting (not thrilling, but exciting is enough for me), the character of Beatrice believable and sympathetic, the idea original. But oh dear! That "twist"! It was a terrible let-down. A twist is fine - in fact, often it's a good device - but it must never leave the reader feeling cheated, as this one did. It rendered much of the novel valueless and unauthentic, and, I think, spoilt the novel as a whole. This is such a shame, because the novel has the makings of a really excellent read. The sad thing is that I suspect it was the twist that (at least partly) gave the writer the idea in the first place. But it simply didn't work for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love 2nd time round as much as 1st
Cant believe this book has been given one star reviews!!! I love it kept in suspence until the very end and such a good twist i practically cried throught the last chapters. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Manxcat
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, Dull, Unbelieveable
Have just finished this book - what a relief. The cover states "Truly Marvellous" why I'm not sure, but I didn't enjoy this book at all. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Over hyped
Starts off well but quickly becomes boring. I simply don't believe a person can change so much the way Bea does and Tess the murdered sister borders on Pollyanna! Read more
Published 17 days ago by H. Garner
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving
Loved this book. It really makes you question how much you actually know about the loved ones around you. It really moved me at times.
Published 18 days ago by Jacksprat
3.0 out of 5 stars ... not started reading it yet so can't say how happy she is
Got for wife still Jin her draw not started reading it yet so can't say how happy she is.
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